Welcome to the Office for Victims Programs (OVP) webpage. We hope that you find the information on this site helpful and informative. The Office for Victims Programs is located within the Division of Criminal Justice and is part of the Colorado Department of Public Safety.
The Office for Victims Programs is committed to the physical and emotional recovery of crime victims and to the restoration of victims' confidence in the criminal justice system.
Five workshops and one webinar have been schduled in January and February 2014 to provide training to applicants wishing to apply in 2014 for grant funding that will begin January 2015. The training will contain information on grant writing and also applying using the new online application process: COGMS. Please follow the link above to the Application page for more details.
U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Civil Rights Training
This link is for the video "Office for Civil Rights - Training for Grantees",provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Civil Rights. This training takes about 3 hours to complete.
The OVP has a variety of responsibilities, all relating to improving the criminal justice system's response to crime victims. Please click on the links on the left side of the page, or below, to learn more about the various programs at OVP.
OVP Grant Programs The Office for Victim Programs (OVP) manages several state and federal grant programs that are designed to provide support for services to victims of crime.
Victim Rights Act (VRA) Compliance Program Do you have questions about your rights as a victim? Victims of VRA crimes can contact the VRA Compliance Program at OVP and make an informal request for assistance and/or file a formal complaint concerning an alleged violation of their rights. Agencies with VRA responsibilities can also view this site for information on implementing the VRA as well as more information about the compliance program.
Victim Compensation If you have been a victim of a violent crime, you may be eligible for financial compensation for out-of-pocket expenses that are directly related to the crime. Compensation may include medical expenses, mental health expenses, lost wages, loss of support to dependants, and funeral expenses. Colorado is one of two states that has a decentralized victim compensation program. As a result, each judicial district has its own independent victim compensation program. All claims are administered through the local jurisdiction in which the crime occurred. You can access a list of all of the programs and the contact person for each local program through this site.
Local Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement (Local VALE) Each judicial district has its own local VALE program which provides funds for victim services programs and law enforcement agencies. You can access a list of all of the local VALE programs and the contact person for each program through this site.
The Colorado Sexual Assault Response Project helps communities develop Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) and forensic exam programs through training on conducting forensic medical exams.
Forensic Exams for Sexual Assault Victims are available for all victims of sexual assault. OVP provides funds that pay the cost of obtaining a forensic exam when law enforcement is not initially involved in the investigation.
Compensation from Benefits of Crime The State of Colorado has statutes which prevent any person who is convicted of a crime from profiting from their crime. OVP and the Crime Victims Services Advisory Board oversee this process.
If you would like additional information about the Office for Victims Programs please call 303-239-5719 or 1-888-282-1080 (toll free within Colorado) or email email@example.com.